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Archives: Jan. 2015

Jan.
30th

GUNS: Open carry just a form of intimidation

State legislators got it right in banning openly carried firearms in public areas of the Capitol (TNT, 1-29), and hopefully they will go further and banish openly carried weapons from all places of business or anyplace in the public sector.

The reason they gave was lumped into the category of any prop used for a demonstration was banned, but the real reason is that an openly carried weapon is intimidation. Who would want to work in an environment where people with guns are looking at you as if to say if you don’t do what I want to do, I can

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Jan.
30th

GUNS: Punishment before found guilty?

Re: “Bill: Take guns when violence is probable” (TNT, 1-29).

A bill is being introduced that would allow the confiscation of weapons from people who are considered potentially dangerous.

This is not just another gun control law. This is something much more dangerous, in my mind.

This is finding people guilty of an action or crime before it has actually been committed, and this is a very slippery slope indeed, a place we absolutely do not want to go.

Jan.
30th

SELMA: Students can see film at no cost

There has been much in the media about Oscar-nominated “Selma.” News Tribune readers should know that local middle and high school students can see the film for free at The Grand Cinema throughout the run, currently scheduled to end Feb. 12.

This has been made possible through a collaborative effort of the Black Collective, the Tacoma Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and  a number of generous donations, the largest coming from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who marched in Selma, writes, “The role of art in our society is not to reenact history but to offer an

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Jan.
30th

GAS: Higher taxes will hurt low-income

Our governor and legislators are too eager to take advantage of lower gas prices by quickly passing an increase in the gas tax. Once the “low-price era” concludes, the increased taxes will remain, making it more difficult for low-income people.

We’re benefitting already from lower gas prices. Previous tax levels remain while people drive more, maintaining coffers at higher levels. The additional discretionary money is spent, adding to the treasury.

Two ways to have more money for roads:

• Stop spending hundreds of thousands of dollars erecting signs along Interstate 5 that tell drivers how much time it takes to get to a certain

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Jan.
29th

COUNTY: Build what’s best for customers

Pierce County is proposing to build a new administration building on property it already owns. Downtown Tacoma supporters want it built downtown. It would be a draw to the downtown businesses, but the cost to build would be higher.

The last place I want to go is downtown Tacoma. Traffic is a pain, parking is a problem and the roads are a mess. This is a county building where county business is done.

While there may not be as many transit options for the new location, the new site will be much easier to get to than a downtown site would be. I

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Jan.
29th

GAS: Put the brakes on new gas tax talk

There are two main reasons why raising yet another gas tax is ludicrous.

First, don’t ever believe in a promise that the tax will go away when prices increase. We all know full well that once a fee, tax or toll is implemented, it will remain forever. Our state gas tax is already high enough

Second, can’t we possibly enjoy one spring and summer with the lowest gas prices in years? The more people and families on the road leads to more money for local businesses and parks.

It’s so disappointing to read that as soon as we get relief there is a line

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Jan.
29th

SEAHAWKS: Give credit to parents, too

Re: “As Seahawks fans go, I’m an unlikely ’12th Man” (reader columnist, 1-26).

I think the success of the Seahawks mostly has to do with the greatness of its team members. Drilling down, their success has to do with the greatness of many, many parents of team members, a number of them poor, single moms working three jobs, living in the projects, who nevertheless modeled courage and perseverance to their kids and who communicated to kids with difficult paths ahead of them that their lives mattered, that they should shoot for the stars, that they should go for it,

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Jan.
29th

SCC: When will that next shoe drop?

Re: “Pierce shouldn’t be destination No. 1 for predators” (editorial, 1-29).

Pity the poor people of Pierce County. Seems like they are getting more than their fair share of violent sex predators being released from the Special Commitment Center still located on McNeil Island four years after the state prison on it shut down.

Why is that? Could it be because the powers that be in Pierce County insist that the SCC cannot be moved off McNeil Island? Nor reasonably relocated anywhere else in Pierce County? Or, for that matter, in all of Washington state? That’s curious.

For if the

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